A Place at the Table: Participating in Community Building

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Item Number: 
978-0-8389-0788-7
Published: 
2000
Publisher: 
ALA Editions
Pages: 
128
Width: 
6"
Height: 
9"
Format: 
Softcover
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From urban giants to small towns across the country, there is a palpable hunger for a greater sense of community. Libraries, as they continue to provide a vital public service, are in a unique position to help satisfy this hunger. Unfortunately, they are often left out of the discussion initiated by theorists, writers, planners, activists and civic planners. Award-winning librarian, educator, author and activist, Kathleen de la Pena McCook challenges librarians everywhere to get involved early and often by demanding a place at the community planning and development table. From the author's examples of real-life librarians who have blazed community building trails, you will learn how to:

  • Build a grassroots campaign
  • Strengthen your library's connections in the community by forming powerful partnerships
  • Become involved in policy making early
  • Promote your library's tangible assets

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Kathleen de la Pena McCook

Kathleen de la Pena McCook is Distinguished University Professor, School of Information, University of South Florida in Tampa. The Chicago Public Library recognized McCook as a "Scholar in Residence" where she did a system wide series of events on the role of the public library in building communities in 2003. Author of numerous articles, she has also contributed to many books on librarianship, including Service Learning, Libraries & Democracy: The Cornerstones of Liberty, and The Portable MLIS. She is member of the editorial boards of the journals Progressive Librarian and The Library Quarterly. She was the Dr. Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecturer at the 2010 ALA Annual Conference and spoke on "Librarians and Human Rights." She was the recipient of REFORMA's Elizabeth Martinez Lifetime Achievement (LAA) Award in 2016.

"This well-referenced and documented book is an inspiring guidebook for public library administrators wanting to become more involved in community building."
—Public Libraries

"For those libraries wishing to heighten their profile in the community and desirous of making a meaningful contribution to community building, this title is a most useful starting point."
—Australian Library Journal

"For those libraries wishing to heighten their profile in the community and desirous of making a meaningful contribution to community building, this title is a most useful starting point."
—Australian Library Journal